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Seven Springs girl improving after being hit by car

Posted September 7, 2010

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— The family of an 18-month-old Wayne County girl said Tuesday that she is making a miraculous recovery after her father accidentally ran over her with a car in the family's front yard nearly two months ago.

At first, no one thought Jaliyah Garner would survive the July incident. 

“Whenever it happened, I had to hold her all the way to the hospital,” Jaliyah’s mother, Remeshia Brooks, said. “I did not know what to think.”

The child was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital.

The next several weeks were tough for Jaliyah and her family, especially for her father, Demarco Garner.

“I was basically beating myself up,” he said.

Doctors treated the toddler for serious injuries, including a skull fracture. As first, doctors thought she might need to undergo brain surgery, but slowly things started to improve.

“Even when it looked the worst, we still kept faith in God,” Jaliyah’s grandmother, Beverly Brooks, said. “We knew God was going to make her a miracle.”

Last week, Jaliyah’s condition improved enough to move her to a Greenville rehabilitation center.

“She's doing good. She's strong,” Garner said.

“Just to have her here alive even recognizing some family members, that's a blessing,” Remeshia Brooks said.

Doctors say the toddler’s prognosis looks good.

“Their goal is, when she leaves out of here, she'll be walking and she'll be talking,” Beverly Brooks said.

Family members hope she will be able to return home in six to eight weeks.

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  • wildcat Sep 8, 2010

    father accidentally ran over her with a car in the family's front yard nearly two months ago.

    WHAT WAS THIS BABY DOING IN THE WAY OF A CAR BACKING OUT? SEEMS LIKE NO ONE GAVE A THOUGHT TO THE BABY NOT UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS. HOPE IN TIME THE BABY WILL BE FINE. THE FATHER NEEDS TO CHECK BEFORE BACKING OUT.

  • cinder572 Sep 8, 2010

    I am so happy for this family!! I really needed a pick-me-up today and seeing that God works miracles has been a blessing to me this day!! When tragedy tightens family together everything is good!!

  • untiltheyallhaveahome Sep 8, 2010

    lickad -

    Really??!!! What a crass comment. This is great news! I'm soooo glad she's doing better!

  • Lickad Sep 8, 2010

    I hope that the car had decent insurance coverage.

  • pebbles262004 Sep 8, 2010

    THANK GOD!! I hope she will continue to improve and be as good as new...

  • LovemyPirates Sep 7, 2010

    Even physicians believe a strong faith can aid healing. The emotions of the parents and others who surrounded this child impacted her recovery. If these emotions included a belief in a God then so be it.

  • cj Sep 7, 2010

    Ain't God good!

  • UPTOP Sep 7, 2010

    A true blessing Wow !!!

  • MitziGaynor Sep 7, 2010

    I'm with you Vietnam Vet. I am glad the family was blessed with resound faith and had great doctors.

  • carla349 Sep 7, 2010

    Sounds like a miracle of modern medical science to me. Lets give credit where credit is due.

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